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Former Man City defender confirms Real Madrid did not approach to sign him this month

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The ACL injury to David Alaba, which has ruled him out for the remainder of the ongoing season, sparked rumours about Real Madrid wanting to sign a new defender in the ongoing transfer window.

Names such as Raphael Varane, Goncalo Inacio, and Leny Yoro, among others, were touted as possible targets for the Spanish capital club.

Another name that was briefly linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabeu in the current window was former Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte, who plies his trade for Al Nassr in Saudi Arabia.

Real Madrid were never interested, confirms Laporte

It was suggested that Laporte was among the defenders that Real Madrid were looking to sign to replace Alaba following his ACL rupture.

However, the rumours died down over time, with Los Blancos deciding not to reinforce the backline and instead rely on the options that they have at their disposal currently.

And now, Laporte himself has come out and denied that there was any interest from Carlo Ancelotti’s side in signing him this month.

During an interview with AS, when asked if he was approached by Real Madrid, Laporte replied: “No, there was nothing.”

Eder Militao closing in on a return

As mentioned earlier, Real Madrid have decided not to sign a new centre-back this month and put their trust in Antonio Rudiger and Nacho Fernandez, with Aurelien Tchouameni acting as a makeshift centre-back to provide cover when needed.

Another reason behind Real Madrid’s decision to not reinforce the position is that Eder Militao is working hard on his recovery and is closing in on a comeback.

The Brazilian has been out with an ACL injury since Matchday 1, but his recovery and rehab have gone tremendously well, with the centre-back already resuming individual training with the ball.

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Toni Kroos opens up on retirement decision – ‘I am sad at the moment’

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Real Madrid have the opportunity to make this a historic season by lifting their 15th UEFA Champions League title.

But even in the event Madrid gets their hands on the trophy, the conclusion of the season will leave a bittersweet feeling as Toni Kroos is set to depart the club.

The German midfielder was urged to continue plying his trade in the Spanish Capital for another season since his timeless quality is yet to fade away, but Kroos remained firm on his decision.

Kroos opens up about retirement

Now, reflecting on his imminent departure from the club he has played 464 games with, Kroos has opened up about how the decision came about and his thought process.

“I am sad at the moment. Something that defined me, that gave so much fun and gave me so many positive memories is coming to an end,” Kroos professed on his podcast.

Kroos plays his final home game for Real Madrid tomorrow. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

However, he claims there is a slight silver lining about the news becoming public, as there is no more pressure on him to constantly answer questions about his future and focus solely on finishing his career in the best way possible.

“I am happy that the news is out. It is a relief because a lot of people were speculating and I didn’t feel like answering questions about my future all the time,” Kroos claimed.

The veteran midfielder adds that retiring was never a clear-cut decision as his emotions fluctuated frequently.

“Retiring was never a 100-0 decision. The feelings swing in other directions, in the days at the end it was maybe a 80-20 or 70-30 decision. And that 30% is what makes you feel something,” he said.

Furthermore, Kroos reveals that he shared the news of his retirement to Ancelotti first and foremost, then relayed his decision to his teammates.

“I told Carlo [Ancelotti] first that I’m retiring. Then the club, then Luka [Modric], Fede [Valverde], Lucas [Vazquez]…” he exclaimed.

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